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Delegates attending a June 27th health care conference organized by the CUPE Division and the New Brunswick Council of Hospital Unions have promised renewed support for Canadas public health care system.

The conference, which was held in Moncton, N.B., brought together health care workers, researchers, activists and government representatives.

“Its time for the federal government to renew its commitment to Canadas health care system,” said David Rouse, president of the N.B. Council of Hospital Unions. “That means we need increased, dedicated funding, to repair the damage done by years of federal funding cuts. Canadians need a national Home Care Program and a national Pharmare Program.”

Participants at the summit also discussed privatization which is creeping into many aspects of the Canadian health care system.

“Private companies are raking in profits on contracted-out labs, laundry and maintenance services, as well as on de-insured medical services. If we dont put a stoop to this now, the floodgates of privatization will swing wide open. That would spell the end of the health care system that Canadians hold so dear.” said Rouse.

The National Representative working with the Council is Lorne Saunders.